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Positif Synth School Vol.2 – Breakwaters “Release the Beast” sound

PSC2aThe second “Positif Synth School” chapter is HERE!

This second volume keeps it on the funky side, it explains the synthesis theory behind Breakwater’s “Release The Beast” synth lead sound -also sampled by Daft Punk on “Robot Rock”-. We’ve recreated it once again on our beloved Octave Cat.

Demo Loops:

Breakwater’s “Release the Beast” (A.K.A. Daft Punk’s “Robot Rock”) on an Octave Cat SRM by Positifpositif

It’s pretty obvious that the patch is a classic VCO sync. sound, but it has more to it to make it perfect. Both vco’s should have pulse waves selected. First route the adsr to the filter AND VCO 1, then put the resonance a bit on the high side, and set the envelope for fast attack (but not zero) and no release. VCA should have a gate type of envelope (zero attack, zero release). The important thing here is tweaking the adsr and percentage of modulation going to vco and vcf.

Last, but not least, send a bit of LFO frequency modulation to VCO 2. If you have an “LFO delay” slider like on my Cat, you can make the modulation take action slowly, just like on the original. If you don’t, like on most Moogs for example, just make use of the modulation wheel and call it a day :O).

Add a li’l bit of tape echo and the “french touch” is done!

Bon appetit!!

Breakwater’s “Release the Beast” (Daft Punk’s “Robot Rock”) – Octave Cat SRM & Space Echo by Positifpositif

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Positif Synth School Vol.1- Daft Punk “Human After All” sound

PSC1aThis is the first of a bunch of synth “how to’s” recreating famous sounds with our gear, we’re gonna call it “POSITIF SYNTH SCHOOL” and it will be conducted by our synth geek Pepe Coca!

This is a list of gear you can find on Pepe’s “Positif” studio:

.PIANO: Wurlitzer EP-200A and Kawai Upright

.ANALOG SYNTHS: Roland SH-101, SH-2, Jupiter-4, System 100 (semidodular), SH3a (all vintage rolands) / Korg MS-10, X-911 (vintage) / Moog Little Phatty 2 / FutureRetro XS (semimodular) / Rozzbox One V2 (extremely rare polyphonic hybrid synth) / Octave Cat SRM (vintage) / Kawai 100-F (vintage) / Analogue Solutions SEMblance / Doepfer (modular)

.DRUMS: Roland TR-606, CR-8000 (vintage) / Boss HC-2 Hand Clapper (808 clap module), PC-2 Percussion Synthesizer (vintage) / Simmons SDS-9 (vintage) / TBS Syncussion DRM-1 (ie: vermona DRM)

.REVERB/DELAY: Roland RE-201 Space Echo (vintage) / Korg GR-1 (stereo spring, vintage) / Klark-Teknik DN-780 (vintage) / Hiwatt Custom Tape Echo

.COMPRESSION: Urei (Universal Audio) 1776 comp.-limiter / SSL-4000G stereo compressor (clone) / ADK CLA-1 (LA-3A clone) / Inward Connections OPT-1 (optical)

.EQ: Inward Connections EQP-2, Siemens w295a (vintage, racked stereo pair).

to name a few….


First on this series is the main “ay” or “yeah” synth sound on Daft Punk’s “Human after all” track.

We recreated it on an Octave Cat synth from 1977-79 approx.

Demo Loops:

HS-Daft Punk’s – Human After All – on an Octave Cat SRM Synth by hellosamples

This baby is capable of so much crazy stuff!

The “Daft Patch” is made cross modulating one or both vcos (vco 1 to vco 2 and/ or viceversa) plus putting the filter on the verge of self oscillation while it’s being modulated by one vco (filter FM). The “ay and “ya” vocal sounds are made manually tweaking the PWM (pulse width modulation) knob of the square wave. Moving the filter frequency knob also yields interesting “vocal” results.

There’s no need to have an Octave Cat though. If you have a synth with similar characteristics (cross modulation, self oscillating filter with fm, and pwm on one oscillator) you might be able to achieve similar results.

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  • Vocal Daft Synth Maschine Groups (27 Mb)   (sorry MPC guys!!! NO pgm files this time due to the samples size, but you can download the maschine kit and make your own kits!)

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You can find more about Pepe and his projects  HERE


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